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Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands November 15th 2020

After hoarding Avios points for years we finally cashed them in. The downside is that to get the best value the only airline you can use them on is British Airways and you have to fly from London. There are other ways to use them, but you don’t get as good a deal. Price wise perhaps this isn’t the route to a massive bargain, but it’s still free. For our outward flight we ‘paid’ extra and treated ourselves to the Thistle Hotel near Heathrow, drawn by the appeal of its restaurant overlooking the runway and a free driverless shuttle pod to the terminal; very sci-fi. Because of covid, the restaurant was closed and the shuttle pod wasn’t running. Ah well. We got to the terminal early the next day, as our Club Europe status gained us ... read more
Corfu sea front
View from Hotel
Hotel sunset view

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands November 5th 2019

We’ve always wanted to experience island hopping in Greece. With gorgeous turquoise water, idyllic islands, and ancient historic sights, we knew it was going to be a blast. And we were absolutely right! It was one of the best trips we’ve ever taken so far. We would highly recommend it to an adventure-loving couple like us. If you’re thinking of going on an island-hopping adventure in Greece, we’ll let you in on our itinerary and share some of our experiences as well so you will know what to expect on this amazing adventure. Naxos Naxos was our first destination. It’s the largest of all the Cycladic Islands and filled with stunning natural beauty. We’ve also come across some impressive monuments during our exploration of the island. Naxos ... read more

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Zakynthos October 21st 2019

The day Marv and I arrived in Athens, we did little more than cope with jet lag, mainly by making our way to the Wyndham Grand hotel by way of The Canadian Institute to pick up my museum pass. Getting to the hotel went seamlessly but once there we had a long wait for our room. I was so tired I could little more than vegetate in the hotel lobby, even though the weather outside was warm and brilliant shining. Marv was able to dredge up enough energy to go buy a bottle of water and reconnoiter the neighborhood. While waiting, a lady dressed in mismatched flowery dress and shirt stepped out of the elevator and headed directly for us. She plopped onto the hotel where I sat semi-conscious and proceeded to spend the next hour ... read more
Alexander the Great Restaurant
The kitchen entrance

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Zakynthos October 20th 2019

A New Beginning Not only a new trip, but a new blog location, unfortunately. Same melissagquest. This time traveling with my intrepid hubby. Heading over to visit my friends who live on Zakinthos… when they're not in Canada. No promises about frequency, but will try to get you guys up to date and share some photos. Enjoy!... read more

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Ithaki September 22nd 2019

As mentioned in the last blog entry we are now in Greece, but still have the goal of getting to our winter berthing place of Fethiye, Turkey. We have plenty of miles to go and it is now September 16th so we started our journey. We know that there are many wonderful places to explore in Greece, but this season we are “just passing through”. There were only a couple of places that we knew we had to make as intermediate goals on our way. With our having lived for 26 years near Ithaca, NY we decided that we needed to at least make a stop at the island of Itaka in Greece. Another goal would be the westernmost entrance to the Corinth Canal as there is a timing issue you ... read more
A Cruise Ship Arriving in Corfu
Plenty of "Fast Ferries" to Get You to Corfu
View As We Left Corfu Area

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Corfu July 17th 2019

Every morning when we go down to breakfast a man with a clipboard asks us for our room number, so that he can tick us off his list. He then prowls the large and often very crowded restaurant, carefully scanning all the tables, presumably in the hunt for any interlopers who might have managed to sneak in here undetected. I can’t help but think that despite the valiant efforts of clipboard man it wouldn’t be all that hard to get a free breakfast here if you just happened to be wandering past and were feeling a bit peckish. You’d need to be careful not to quote a non-existent room number, and it would probably also help if you got here early to increase your chances of arriving before your chosen room’s real residents. I think I ... read more
The Donkey Track from Paleokastritsa to Lakones
Relaxing after the long hike to Lakones
Our hotel from the Donkey Track

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Corfu » Corfu Town July 16th 2019

We field an early morning call from Issy’s mum and her brother Tony. Issy tells her Mum that she’d get very fit going to church here in Greece, as all the churches seem to be at the tops of mountains. We’ve noticed that Greek monasteries are often on mountains, but this gets us wondering if the churches in the monasteries are only for the monks; perhaps ordinary Greeks go to other less noticeable churches at more manageable altitudes. We briefly consider ringing Issy’s Mum back to reassure her that if she moved here she’d probably still be able to go to church without needing to invest in mountaineering gear, but after further careful thought we conclude that perhaps it’s not all that likely that Issy’s Mum would ever want to move to Greece, so we decide ... read more
Corfu Donkey Rescue Centre
Resident, Corfu Donkey Rescue Centre
More residents, Corfu Donkey Rescue Centre

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Corfu July 15th 2019

It’s a bit cool and overcast this morning, so we decide to skip the beach and visit some less sun-reliant destinations. First cab off the rank is the Achilleion Palace which is on a hill overlooking the sea about ten kilometres south of Corfu Town. It was built in 1890 for Princess Elisabeth of Austria, who was apparently grief stricken over the death of her only son and heir to the throne, Crown Prince Rudolf, the previous year. The Prince killed himself in a suicide pact with his mistress in what became known as The Mayerling Incident. It seems that Elisabeth didn’t get to enjoy the Palace for too long; she was assassinated by an Italian anarchist in 1896. That period in history sounds like it might be one best forgotten by the Austrian royals. The ... read more
Achilleion Palace
Achilleion Palace
Achilleion Palace

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Corfu » Sidari July 14th 2019

Issy is feeling a bit tired, so I set off on my own in our trusty little hire car. I climb the narrow road up the precipitous cliffs behind Paleokastritsa Harbour. The views are spectacular. The road is very narrow. I stop behind another car at a set of traffic lights. It seems that the road through the village in front of me is so narrow that there’s only just enough room for one lane of cars, so I wait for the lights to change so that I can take my turn. A car pulls up behind me, and a very attractive young lady jumps out of the passenger seat and crosses the road to take some happy snaps, while her partner waits patiently in the car for a green light to appear. She finishes and ... read more
Paleokastritsa Harbour
Looking south towards Paleokastritsa from Angelokastro

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Corfu » Corfu Town July 13th 2019

We feel that we‘re getting to know our hotel neighbours quite well. We’re quite surprised at how much we’ve been able to deduce about them just by listening to the noises that come into our room from their bathroom via the window in the light well. ”Listening” is probably not quite the right word; “not being able to avoid hearing” is probably a better description. We know that they prefer baths to showers, and on this basis we decided yesterday that they were probably English. The conversation we hear through the window this morning confirms this to be correct. They don’t sound like they’ve eaten any dodgy food while they’ve been here, at least not yet. I wonder what they're saying about us. We found out when we were in Crete that the locals are called ... read more
Corfiotes deep in conversation, Corfu Town
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Corfu Town

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